The Olive Exclusive is located in a tranquil corner of Windhoek in the heart of Namibia.
It is a great place to stopover when you are traveling to or from Etosha National Park or visiting Windhoek and is just a stone’s throw from the City Center.
Perched on a hill, the lodge has wonderful views of the surrounding mountains and Olive trees from where it gets its name.
We found The Olive Exclusive to be very stylish but yet warm and friendly and we loved the authentic African feel with its natural décor and furnishings.
As you enter through the large glass front doors you are warmly welcomed by the hotel manager and friendly staff, who will then take your bags to your suite.
The main building houses the reception area, a lounge, bar, curio shop and large restaurant that leads onto the terrace.
They have created a very effective Himba theme for the reception, bar, lounge and dining-room...
All the meals are served either in the restaurant or out on the terrace. We had a great dinner out on the terrace...
Mario had a lamb pie while I had the prawn gnocchi - both meals were fab and the view from the terrace at night dining under the stars was perfect.
The a-la-carte dinner menu had a mouth-watering variety of meals to choose from and the restaurant has a few different places to sit with different decor...
We did not stay for a sit-down breakfast as we needed to leave early the next morning, so we asked for a breakfast pack, which we collected on our way out first thing the next morning.
There is also a bar between the reception and restaurant and a very cosy lounge...
The hotel has seven suites that are individually decorated reflecting a different area of Namibia.
Our suite was called the Etosha suite; it was spacious yet warm and cosy with a large fireplace, lounge, small dining area next to the fully stocked mini bar complete with a great wine selection, air-conditioning, satellite TV, iPod station and computer with Wi-Fi access.
The bedroom has a king-size bed with a super view...
The Etosha theme comes through from the springbok statue (wire frame covered with white paper) plus elephant and gemsbok photographs...
Then large glass doors open onto a deck with a plunge pool and daybed where you can relax while enjoying the wonderful views over the olive grove.
I loved the large en-suite bathroom with a backdrop of Etosha pan’s cracked mud, free-standing bathtub, shower and separate toilet.
Relax with a book around the stunning swimming pool or take a drive into the city and find those lovely craft markets to browse through.
Thank you to both management and staff for a wonderful stay, we had a great time!
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